State Auditor Mike Harmon Issues Statement After Testing Positive for COVID-19

FRANKFORT, Ky. (December 30, 2020) – On Tuesday morning, my wife went to be tested after receiving notification that she may have been exposed to COVID-19.  Unfortunately, the test came back positive.  After she notified me, I immediately sought and received a COVID-19 test.  That test also came back positive.

My wife and I only have mild symptoms thus far, and are taking all necessary steps to self-isolate and follow the recommendations of public health officials and the CDC.

While the timing of my positive test comes one day after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, I still have full faith in the vaccine itself, and the need for as many people to receive it as quickly as possible.  It appears that I may have been unknowingly exposed to the virus and infected either shortly before or after receiving the first dose of the vaccine on Monday.  My family’s example underscores the need that we continue to advocate for our front line health workers, first responders, teachers and high-risk individuals to be vaccinated.

I am thankful for expressions of concern and prayers for my family during this time.

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